SDGs Webinar 4 July & HLPF Update

On the 4th of July, 2017, 14h30 to 16h (CET), the nrg4SD, ORU Fogar and UNDP ART are jointly organizing the webinar “Delivering the SDGs at the subnational level: opportunities and best-practices for regional governments”. Several initiatives are being developed to support the implementation of the SDGs at the subnational level, and this webinar will further introduce the 2030 Agenda and some of the practices that regional governments are undertaking.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda back in 2015, containing a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.  The SDGs cover a broad range of themes aiming and requires action at all levels, especially at the level of local and regional governments.

This first session will be hold in English only, and will showcase presentations from the government of Flanders and the Kenyan Council of Governors, to share their actions and challenges in implementing the SDGs in their territories. Therefore, the webinar is especially targeted at officers and technicians of regional governments engaged with the topic of sustainable development.

The key objectives of this webinar are to highlight:

  • Opportunities and challenges for regional governments to engage and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Concrete cases of how regional governments consider and address the SDGs in their governments;
  • The importance of collaboration, exchange and peer-review of these efforts in regional governments;
  • The role of organizations as nrg4SD and ORU Fogar to support and assist members in the efforts towards the implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs;
  • Strategic alignment at the subnational level of the Agenda 2030 with the New Urban Agenda and other documents for sustainable development in order to generate synergy and catalyze the achievement of SDGs;
  • Multi-stakeholder and multilevel partnerships in terms of subnational actors and collaboration with national and local governments;
  • A process to collect experiences and case-studies to be used as a reference publication for other governments and interested international actors on efforts of regional governments.

The webinar is also an activity for regional governments on the run-up to the meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum. 

Online webinar:
Delivering the SDGs at the subnational level: opportunities and best-practices for regional governments”
4 July, 2017
14h30 – 16h CET
For more information and agenda, please access concept note.

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF)

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is the United Nations central platform to follow-up and review on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring the effective participation of all state members and specialized agencies. This years’ HLPF will take place from the 10th to the 19th of July, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, under the theme: “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.

One of the highlights in the HLPF agenda is the presentation of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the efforts Member-States to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These national reviews should build on consultations and input from subnational governments. With that in mind, nrg4SD together with ORU Fogar have carried a consultation to member regions in VNR countries, to understand the level of participation of regions in the elaboration of the national report. The results of this consultation will be presented during the HLPF, with recommendations on how the national level should engage regional governments.

For the programme of the HLPF, and related documents, please access the Forum website:

nrg4SD is one of the organizing partners of the Local Authorities Major Group, and is facilitating the registration and participation of several regional governments. While further details in regards to the agenda and opportunities for regional governments will be launched soon, the below relevant information is highlighted below:

In order to facilitate and organize the participation of MGoS in the HLPF, all constituencies have gathered in a permanent Coordination Mechanism. In this self-organized mechanism, MGoS help not only help guide stakeholders through the different opportunities around the HLPF, but also to produce frequent assessments of the whole global process. With that in mind, this mechanism recently presented the MGoS priority recommendations for strengthening the HLPF, which contains useful suggestions for the UN system and Member-States.



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